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Gilmours launches inaugural International Wine Competition

Food and beverage wholesalers, Gilmours, has announced the launch of its inaugural International Wine Competition.

Entries were judged in March over two days using a double-blind identification system, meaning all wines were blind-tasted and judged based on style, region, and vintage.

The judging event determined the top 20 wines, which will be launched to the foodservice and hospitality industry on Thursday, May 27, at Foodstuffs North Island Landing Drive.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing this unique wine competition and event to our local wholesale community, as this is the only business-to-business International Wine Competition of its kind,” says Cindy Chaimowitz, General Manager of Wholesale and Customer Service.

“This gives us an opportunity to educate our Gilmours Foodservice members on what international wines we have available, and ultimately assist them with creating a memorable wine list with a point of difference.”

The competition received 188 entries from international wine companies and was judged by an independent panel of wine judges including Sam Kim from Wine Orbit, winemaker Simon Nunns and Emma Jenkins MW.

Emma Jenkins MW says the judges were impressed by the range of varieties and styles entered in the competition.

“With international travel only beginning to re-emerge after more than a year of closed borders, exploring new wines is a wonderful way to get a taste of another country’s culture, cuisine and history,” she says.

Gilmours is celebrating the award-winning wines by hosting a trade event on Thursday, May 27.

To see the list of the top 20 wines, click here.

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